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Alexander Wang’s infectious energy will be noticeably absent at New York Fashion Week come September.
The designer, known for his over-the-top, crowd-pleasing runway extravaganzas that lure millennial It-girls from all corners of the globe, will be ditching New York Fashion Week for the spring 2019 season, choosing to present the collection in June rather than September. Going forward, he will begin showing his biannual collections only in June and December.
According to WWD, the Council of Fashion Designers of America is considering throwing its support behind not just Wang, but other American designers who opt for the nontraditional show times. The first summer/winter seasons supported by the CFDA could kick off as early as this June. CFDA president Steven Kolb, however, tells the trade that no official dates have been set.
“Alex is one of many designers the CFDA has spoken to about the idea, and we support him in this business decision,” Kolb told WWD. “There are others who are part of this idea.”
News of Wang’s decision comes after a number of American designers decamped New York for new destinations (namely Paris), with brands like Proenza Schouler, Thom Browne and Rodarte leaving gaping holes in the NYFW calendar. Additionally, both Rodarte and Proenza Schouler have shifted their schedule to align with the couture schedule, which they note gives their collections more time on the selling floor and allows them to combine their pre-season and main collections, easing their already hefty workload.
Wang is still scheduled to present his fall 2018 collection at NYFW on Feb. 10, and, knowing Wang, it will likely be quite a Jenner/Hadid/Gerber-filled spectacle to behold.
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